Parenting 101: 4 Ways to Bring Up Happy and Successful Children

All parents want to raise kids who are happy and successful in life. However, they are confused with the many parental advice out there. Raising happy and successful kids doesn’t have to be an uphill task. It also doesn’t have to be only about giving them financial pleasure or instant satisfaction; instead, it is quite the contrary. Happy children have the skills that enable them to appreciate long-term happiness in life. They are also able to pass up the instant satisfaction to reach their goals. But as a parent or guardian, it is your duty to help your child realize the best version of themselves.

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Neighborhood

Similar to how family plays a role in shaping a child’s life, the neighborhood settings do so too. Some neighborhoods are places where parents know all their neighbors, and children see optimistic role models. On the other hand, others are full of crime and violence, where neighbors don’t see eye to eye and the children’s home surrounding is affected by stress and loneliness.

It is, therefore, your duty as a parent to make sure that the neighborhood you reside in is safe for your kids. Consider luxury living to give your child a place where they can feel loved and protected.

Allow your Kids to Fail

To boost your kid’s self-confidence, put more focus on providing them with numerous opportunities to learn new skills and pay less attention to compliments. Mastery is the real self-confidence booster. Luckily, when it comes to children, almost everything they do is an opportunity to achieve mastery since everything is new to them. They learn how to crawl, stand, walk, feed, and dress; however, the problem is that parents tend to do too much for their kids and fail to give them the chance to fail.

Children will never know the art of mastery unless they are left to struggle and learn from their failures.

Some skills can be perfected on the first try. But with experience and mastery, they will develop the ‘I can do everything’ attitude, which will help them deal with future problems with positivity.

Foster your happiness

As a parent, you are responsible for your happiness. And since kids tend to absorb everything from you, your mood will play a vital role. A happy parent is more likely to raise a happy kid. But what are you doing for yourself? Did you know that children of depressed parents suffer double the degree of depression? That said, the best thing you can do for your kid’s mental health is attending to yours first.

Set some time aside to relax and rest. Foster your relationship with your spouse, and the happiness of your children will automatically follow.

Give them Time to Play and Reduce Screen time

Studies have confirmed a strong connection between happiness and reduced screen time. On the other hand, play is essential for the kid’s growth and learning. Less playtime can also result in developmental problems related to children’s physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being. 

Bottom Line

Raising well-rounded children is not a walk in the park; however, there are many things you can do to make them happy. Kids who know they are loved and cared for tend to prosper even when faced with difficult situations. Give your kids time to play, allow them to experience failure and success, and more essentially, provide them with a safe and secure environment.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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